Muses


“Style does not come to you unless you pay attention to it.”
Amanda Brooks


It is no secret that looking good, or actually looking right, is not high on the cultural curriculum of the American male. That’s a shame, really. This sartorial epidemic can partially be attributed to most men’s lack of style icons, or muses—whether it be one’s father (the ideal), celebrities, or simply a stylish gentleman. Personal style starts there though...muses; individuals, characters, or attitudes (past and present) you are drawn to.

 Bjorn Borg | Swedish Tennis Player

Bjorn Borg | Swedish Tennis Player

 David Hockney | English Artist

David Hockney | English Artist

 Mark Rothko | American Painter

Mark Rothko | American Painter

 John McEnroe | American Tennis Player

John McEnroe | American Tennis Player

 Alexander Calder | American Sculptor

Alexander Calder | American Sculptor

 Tina Barney | American Photographer

Tina Barney | American Photographer

 Jane Birkin | English-French Actress

Jane Birkin | English-French Actress

 Rothmans Porsche 911 Rally Car

Rothmans Porsche 911 Rally Car

 Pablo Picasso | Spanish Artist

Pablo Picasso | Spanish Artist

 Jacques Cousteau | French Explorer

Jacques Cousteau | French Explorer

 Jackie Onassis | Former First Lady

Jackie Onassis | Former First Lady

 David Hockney | English Artist

David Hockney | English Artist

We’ve recently employed—and consequently become addicted to—Instagram’s story “highlights.” One highlight in particular, labeled “Muses”, effectively collages images of our, well…muses. Stanley Marcus, former Neiman-Marcus president and CEO, believed that good taste could be acquired through environment and education, that the eye could be disciplined to differentiate between good and bad by a constant looking process. And that’s what it’s about, a constant looking process that eventually becomes a matter of instinct.